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Swayambhunath

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  • Day3

    Swayambhunath

    February 21 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Das beherrschende Element der Tempelanlage ist der buddhistische Stupa mit den aufgemalten Augen, der von Kathmandu aus betrachtet gut sichtbar von zwei hinduistischen Türmen flankiert wird. Wie an vielen anderen Orten in Kathmandu sind auch in Swayambhunath buddhistische wie hinduistische Heiligenstätten eng verzahnt.
    Am Fuße der Hügel befindet sich eine Steinplatte mit den Fußabdrücken Buddhas. Von dort führt eine Treppe mit 365 Stufen, flankiert von bunten Figuren und Manisteinen, zur Tempelanlage.
    Aufgrund der großen dort lebenden Affenpopulation wird Swayambhunath auch „Tempel der Affen“ genannt.
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  • Day3

    Swayambhunath, Kathmandu

    February 21 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Swayambhunath gilt neben Borobudur auf Java in Indonesien als eine der ältesten buddhistischen Tempelanlagen der Welt. Die inneren Bauten werden auf ca. 2500 Jahre geschätzt, die weiteren Umbauungen erfolgten später. Der Sage nach ist Swayambhunath eng mit der Entstehung des Kathmandu-Tals verknüpft.
    Im April 2015 wurde die Tempelanlage bei einem Erdbeben schwer beschädigt. Der zentrale Stupa blieb zwar stehen, aber viele der ihn umgebenden Gebäude stürzten ein.
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  • Day124

    Buddha Park, Kathmandu, Nepal

    October 8, 2015 in Nepal ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    After a full afternoon of getting lost in the backstreets surrounding Durbar and Thamel (the main tourist hub), I found myself an unexpectedly free ride to the area of my guest house, Swoyambhu, from an off duty school bus driver with a bus to spare. He dropped me off at the foot of a series of massive staircases which I felt inclined (lol word choice) to climb. Found my way to the top just in time for sunset. The views overlooking the Kathmandu valley speak for themselves.Read more

  • Day5

    Swayambhu Stupa (Monkey Temple)

    April 15, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I had a great night's sleep and was ready for a day of exploring. We had arranged with our trekking company to have a guided tour of some of the significant sites around Kathmandu. Elizabeth, Reig, Jon and I joined a larger group at about 9:00 am and the 20 of us set off in a large van.

    Our first stop was the Monkey Temple. This is a monument that both Buddhists and Hindus use for prayer. And, you guessed it, it was filled with wild monkeys. The monkeys were a bit disconcerting at first because I wasn't sure if they would be aggressive. We were warned not to bring food as they would try to snatch it away. It turned out the monkeys would get quite close but they weren't aggressive.

    Our guide had a heavy accent so I had a hard time understanding what he was saying about this site. What I gather is that a lotus flower is enshrined in this stupa and has something to do with one of the Buddha's from long ago! Sorry I can be more specific. I'll research this more when I get home.

    Monkey Temple is up high on a hill and has great views of the city.
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  • Day1

    From Prague to Kathmandu

    February 14, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Wooow the first day... just imagine you're entering airport to meet people you've never met and you should be their yoga instructor and guidance for 16 days... weird feelings for me.
    At the airport everybody goes by themselves so we (two ladies for organizations and me) have a time for a beer and talk to each other... both flights were ok. There were no problem during the transport in Istanbul and also the second flight was, also thanks to good Turkish red wine ok. And here were are, the group of 20 people in Kathmandu...finally
    Really? Never, ever thrown out your boarding pass with luggage note in Kathmandu, they'll check it during the leaving...
    But Nepal is so... peaceful and quiet. There's madness of Indian traffic but in combination with Nepal peaceful. Weird but comfortable...
    Our place is good it's old monastery with education for all people, old, young, everybody. we've met each other in the temple. There were a huge puja (celebration) today. To send all the badness away! So afternoon were spent with observation of festival and also of huge fire where was all badness and ego burned.
    In the evening we had Momos, finally amazing food from small local restaurant. It's really funny, you order a food and they are going to shop next to you to buy ingredients, everything is fresh.
    Our first day we ended with local beer and rum on the top of the roof of our hostel. Amazing...
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  • Day3

    Yoga, monastery and dead bodies

    February 16, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    I love the mornings with yoga. It's so powerful and also on the top of the monastery, magical. This day should be a relaxing. We received the invitation from monks to eat with them and visit puja! Such honor! So we spent morning with sitting around main hall and talking with monks and Sun above us. I don't have enough beautiful words for this...
    In the afternoon we should were with monks again but there was a change a plan, as always. So we went to Pashupatinath. It's a place in Kathmandu where dead people are burned with whole ceremony. It's hard to talk about it, on one side of the bridge you can see a couple of fires and you realize there are bodies inside and on the other side you see ceremony where family is saying goodbye. Very powerful.
    Well after kind of difficult afternoon was time for excellent dinner! And also our rooftop session.
    These days are like... dreams...
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  • Day2

    Time to practice...and drink

    February 15, 2018 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Mmm the first yoga lecture, 18 unknown people where some of them never practice yoga and some of them are also yoga instructors - difficult to set some middle level. But apparently it was good, everybody was happy so... And straight to the restaurant for breakfast! Well... It's terrible to go to small restaurant with huge group. We were eating for 2 hours! We had to wait so long! But as a reward - banana pancakes and masala tea, love it!
    After breakfast it was time to visit the local holy place Swayambhunath stupa. It's amazing place on the top of the hill, just check the pictures. I also refreshed my bargain skills and we had for 7 people from our group free entrance. bargaining is perfect sport for me!
    Aand we're hungry, again. So now to the city centre with line of 5 small cabs and directly to the garden restaurant. Such an amazing place! The only disadvantage is, again, the size of our group. We were waiting for the food for 3,5 hours.But nobody cares.
    We went to the city centre to do some shopping and it's time for welcome drink. I have to say, Budha bar in Kathmandu is one of the best bar I've ever been. Amazing mood, food, drinks, music, everything! What nobody expected was that we stay there for 5 hours and everybody will be dancing! And drinking so much. Actually we had to stop the party and take the people home because of tomorrow schedule. Such a big party Never happened before, my friend said...
    And as the perfect point in the end. We stopped 5 small cabs, took it and they were riding in one line on some secret road to our monastery and stopped perfectly on the point where we needed to - magical.
    So perfect day. But I'm quite getting worried if we'll be able to handle drinking every evening and waking up for a yoga lectures.
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  • Day7

    Die Einfuehrungstage

    October 17, 2016 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Wenn die Mutter des Hauses da ist, gibt es puenktlich 8 Uhr Fruehstueck. Heute Nudeln mit wuerziger Sosse. Um halb 11 haben wir wieder unsere Nepali Stunden. Heute geht’s um’s Einkaufen und Taxi/Bus fahren. Danach Mittagessen, heute dauert die Wartezeit nur eine halbe Stunde ;)
    Danach auf zum Swayambhunath Tempel. Er befindet sich am Westrand der Stadt, wir uns am Ostrand. Wir wagen wieder das Abenteuer “lokaler Bus“. Es wird fast 1,5 h dauern. Da der erste Bus ein Problem hat, muessen wir kurz vorm Ziel raus und werden in einen vollen Minibus umgesetzt. Angekommen, laufen wir einen Berg und viele Treppen hoch zum Tempel. Es ist der aelteste Tempel Nepals aus dem 5. Jh. Die alles sehenden Augen Buddhas schauen auf das Kathmandu Tal. Nicht nur Buddhisten sondern auch Hindus (=85% der Bevoelkerung, nur 12% Buddhisten) bekommen hier den Segen der Goettin Hariti (die alle Kinder beschuetzt). Von einer Terrasse hat man den ganzen Blick ueber die Stadt. Bergab auf der anderen Seite geht es ueber vieeele Treppen hinunter. Am Ende lassen wir uns von einem Hindi segnen (Foto). Zurueck waehlen wir ein Taxi, denn es ist spaeter als gedacht. Der Fahrer fragt tatsaechlich nach 2000 Rupie, am Ende zahlen wir 800 … In einer halben Stunde sind wir durch das Gewirr von Strassen wieder bei uns.
    Abendessen und dann wird gepackt…
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  • Day137

    Tempel Swayambunath, Kathmandu

    September 19, 2014 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Dieser Tempel liegt etwas ausserhalb auf einem Berg und wird auch Affentempel genannt. Dutzende von Affen klettern auf den Wegen zum Tempel rum.
    Die Tempelanlage selber besteht aus einer Stupa, einer Pagode, zahlreicher kleiner Tempel, usw. Ich bin fast erschlagen von dieser Vielfalt. Denn dazwischen hat es noch 20 Souvenirstände und von allen prasselt "Om mani padme hum" auf uns nieder.Read more

  • Day163

    Durbar Square

    December 20, 2015 in Nepal ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Gister waren we er niet meer aan toegekomen, dus vandaag willen we het grote plein in Kathmandu bekijken. Na wederom een gezellig ontbijt met Nadia, Mike en Stephan (onze nieuwe Franse vriend) gaan we op pad. Om het plein op te mogen moet je een kaartje kopen van 10 euro per persoon. Voor hier een vrij hoog bedrag, maar het komt ten goede aan de wederopbouw van het plein en het paleis. En dat is hard nodig. Het plein in extreem hard getroffen door de aardbeving. Geen enkel gebouw is onbeschadigd en sommige zijn zelfs geheel weggevaagd. Alle nog overeindstaande gebouwen zijn - zij het wat provisorisch - gestut. Helaas hebben alle vliegende ratten het wel overleefd. De levende heilige Kumari (jong meisje dat geacht wordt de reïncarnatie van een godin te zijn) woont nog in een van de tempels. Als we er zijn wordt er van boven geroepen dat er geen foto's meer mogen worden gemaakt, waarna de huidige Kumari voor het open raam verschijnt. Het is een wat rare vertoning, want er staan nu een stuk of wat toeristen zwijgend naar een treurig kijkend meisje te staren. Gelukkig duurt het slechts een minuut. Het koninklijk paleis blijkt het ook zwaar te verduren gehad te hebben. Het moet voor de aardbeving een heel mooi plein zijn geweest. We lopen door naar de grote witte stupa op een heuvel ten westen van de stad. In de buurt lunchen we wat terwijl de apen om ons heen darren. De weg naar de stupa gaat steil omhoog via (ongeveer) 100,000,000 traptreden. Ook deze stupa heeft schade geleden, maar minder ernstig. Hier hebben we ook een mooi uitzicht over heiig Kathmandu. Vanavond is de laatste keer dineren met Nadia en Mike; tijd voor een drankje!Read more

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